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I admit this is pretty dry but I'm rather surprised the previous reviewers did not acknowledge any of these mathematicians/computer scientists. Richard Hamming for instance's work (he's the founder of Coding Theory for instance, so it's best not to overlook that fact (it's used everywhere)) is still used everywhere (including the very messages being passed when I click the submit button). I enjoyed the videos but I agree that the content itself is quite dated in terms of context and visualizations. It's honestly a good way to start learning about machines though :). Good basic education film but I recommend it to only somebody who has a great deal of interest prior to.
Subject: Data Matter....
Penis Man Vs The Machine Of Thought....For Geeks Only!
Subject: Full Credits
National Educational Television presents The Computer And The Mind Of Man.
Program I, Logic By Machine.
Producer, Writer, Director: Richard Moore
Artist: Wayne Ensrud
Editor: Irving Saraf
Music: Morton Subotnick
Production Coordinator: Robert Katz
Production Assistant: Patricia Day
Associate Producer: Harvey Langee
Photography: W.A.Palmer Films, Imagination Inc., Irving Saraf, Philip Greene
"We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the following: Ceir, Rucker-Fuller, NASA, Webcor Recorders, Academy of Sciences S.F., Abco"
Produced by KQED, San Francisco for National Educational Television, under a grant from the International Business Machines Corp.
Subject: The birth of the revolution
Yes, this is a VERY dry film, and these mathematicians don't exactly light up the screen with star power, but I still found it very worthwhile. Part 2 is especially interesting, as they get into the philosophical and social implications of these new machines, symbolic reality, artificial intelligence, etc.
The animation is cheap but effective, and the music by Morton Subotnick (who was to become an electronic music pioneer) is creepy and sparse.
Recommended for those with the patience for it.
Subject: The machines are so small! They can just fit in one room!
There's all sorts of things happening in this movie. Logic By Machine explains of how computers are making everything easier.While looking at footage of old computers at work is fascinating, Logic By Machines is terribly slowed down by the blowhard mathematicians that pop in from time to time and chime in on mathematical theories involving computers.
Also what I find interesting is IBM's insistence of keeping the animation as sparse as possible, although not made by the Eames (thank goodness!) the style is pretty much the same.
All in all, keep your fast forward button handly.
Steve Nordby -
Subject: Man and machine
I would guess that most people found this a dull film in 1965. Perhaps not as many in 2003 due to its historical significance, but few will be moved by what is presented. Still it is a nice peek at computer science and it's history.